ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL: Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959) w/Twenty Questions Tuesday

darby o'gill and the little people

Erin go bragh, listeners! We’re gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day along with returning guest David Rheinstrom of Twenty Questions Tuesday (and Our Fair City) as we tackle the 1959 Disney film Darby O’Gill and the Little People! The third in our unintentional trio of Robert Stevenson Disney musicals after Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Darby follows the titular character (Albert Sharpe), an old coot living in a quaint Irish village who finds himself in a series of folksy shenanigans. Involved are his daughter Katie (Janet Munro), a young Dubliner (a young Sean Connery), and, of course, some leprechauns.

Join us as we fawn over Connery’s Bing Crosby-esque singing voice, and try to figure out just where those little leprechaun-sized horses come from! (Don’t forget to enjoy our custom cocktail and drinking rules as well.)

(This episode was sponsored by Basecamp, in conjunction with the Chicago Podcast Cooperative.)

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Magic Powers

darby o'gill and the little people cocktailSince it’s St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to keep our drink a little simple. Just dress up some Powers whiskey (a dryer Irish whiskey) with some floral, aromatic flavors to give it that little sprinkling of leprechaun magic. Think of it as the kind of drink James Bond would order if he was undercover in a quaint Irish village as a land owning Dubliner, and there wasn’t any vodka around.

4 parts Powers Irish whiskey
1 part velvet falernum
dash, baked apple bitters
splash, ginger ale

Combine in a rocks glass; enjoy. 

DRINKING RULES FOR DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE:

  1. Whenever you see leprechaun magic
  2. Any time Darby gives that old man cackle of his
  3. Every time someone makes an unusual Irish aphorism

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

King Brian shouts, “Ye wished yer fourth wish, Darby!”

Join us next week as we cover a slightly darker island based film – 2004’s Battle Royale!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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